20 Laundry Rooms with Stackable Washer and Dryer (Photo Ideas)
And while side-by-side offers workable space on top of the appliances, it’s not necessarily the be-all and end-all of laundry room design.
In fact our gallery below showcases examples of stacked washer and dryer in a closet, nook and even in large, spacious laundry rooms.
Check it out for your own laundry room design ideas.
Why on earth is the washer on the bottom?
I’m fairly tall so my biggest complaint with a lot of appliances is I have to bend over so much. This is with side-by-side washers and dryers, dishwashers and freezers below the fridge. I don’t like it.
It seems to me, design-wise, that for stackables, having the washer on top would make things so much easier because gravity could do a bunch of the work moving clothing from washer to dryer.
But, of course, there’s just two problems with having the washing machine on top:
- Weight: The washing machine is heavy, especially when loaded with water and wet clothing.
- Spin Cycle: When in spin cycle, the washing machine vibrates and who knows what could happen if elevated on top of the dryer.
That said, surely we’ve advanced sufficiently in appliance design to accommodate for those two reasons that washing machines are on the bottom. I’d gladly pay more for a design where the washing machine can safely be placed on top of the dryer.
It’s a personal decision, but in some cases you may have no choice due to space restrictions. From a convenience point of view, given washing machines must be on the bottom, I prefer side-by-side. I consider this solely from the fact it’s easier for me to move clothing sideways from the washer to dryer than it is to lift it up. I also like the additional workspace the tops of side-by-side configuration offers.
Do you prefer stackable or side-by-side washer/dryer configuration?